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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Interview: Elisabeth Moss Talks The Handmaid’s Tale and Women’s Rights in the Age of Donald Trump

Originally published on TeenVogue.com View this story online She never meant to become a symbol of the feminist movement. But throughout her career, which began at the age of eight, Elisabeth Moss has repeatedly taken on iconic and inspiring female … Continue reading


Published: Curtains Up on Feuding Cosmetics Queens in “War Paint

When it comes to makeup, experts always say that less is more. Though the new musical War Paint chronicles the rivalry between the groundbreaking cosmetics titans Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein, it doesn’t abide by this essential rule of beauty. … Continue reading


Published: New York Theater Resists the Age of Trump

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online Given the time it takes to complete a script, playwrights are seldom first responders to a political upheaval. Yet Donald Trump’s Presidency has still been greeted by some broadsides from … Continue reading


Published: Joan of Arc

Originally published on Paste Magazine View this story online Before Joan of Arc: Into the Fire begins at the Public Theater, the words, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted” are projected onto the curtain. While … Continue reading


Published: The Emperor Jones

Originally published in Paste Magazine View this story online The steady beat of tom-toms seems go on for eternity in the breathtakingly realized production of The Emperor Jones at off-Broadway’s Irish Repertory Theatre. Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly and starring the … Continue reading


Published: The Long Struggle of Queer Methodists Who Want to Belong

Originally published on Vice.com View this story online As queer clergy and churchgoers increase in prominence and visibility, many say the divide between the Church’s progressive and conservative factions may soon be too wide to mend. When Pastor Vicki Flippin … Continue reading


Published: How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online Are we just animals? Or are we a different species altogether, one compromised by our animal instincts? That’s one of the questions Sarah Ruhl raises in her ambitious drawing-room comedy … Continue reading


Published: Sunset Boulevard

It’s an ironic experience, to say the least, to watch a merciless exploration of fame and its dismissive treatment of women performed by arguably one of the most famous actresses in America. But irony is hardly the lasting impression left … Continue reading